Image ID
ICHi-052645
Headline
Bronze life mask and hands of Abraham Lincoln
Date Depicted
1860
Date Created
1886
Creator
Volk, Leonard Wells, 1828-1895
Creator Role
artist
Artwork/Object Depicted
sculptures (visual works)
Copyright Notice
© Chicago Historical Society, published on or before 2013, all rights reserved.
Credit Line
Chicago History Museum, ICHi-052645
Inventory Number
x.521 (mask);1913.76a;1913.76b
Storage Location
P&S
Forms part of
John and Jeanne Rowe Abraham and Mary Todd Lincoln Collection, patron
Max Pixels - Height
2704
Max Pixels - Width
4064
KEYWORDS
LN0064
Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865
portraits
commemorations
Saint-Gaudens, Augustus
sculptors
sculptures
Volk, Leonard Wells, 1828-1895
Presidents
1913.76b
1913.76a
X.521
i052645
i52645
ICHi-52645
bronze life mask and hands of abraham lincoln

Bronze life mask and hands of Abraham Lincoln. This bronze grouping was made from original plaster molds taken of Lincoln's face and hands by the Chicago sculptor Leonard Wells Volk (1828-1895) in 1860. In 1886, Volk's friend, sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens, initiated a fund-raising campaign to purchase the casts for the National Museum (later known as the Smithsonian Institution). Plaster copies sold for fifty dollars, while bronze copies cost eighty-five dollars.

Bronze life mask and hands of Abraham Lincoln. This bronze grouping was made from original plaster molds taken of Lincoln's face and hands by the Chicago sculptor Leonard Wells Volk (1828-1895) in 1860. In 1886, Volk's friend, sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens, initiated a fund-raising campaign to purchase the casts for the National Museum (later known as the Smithsonian Institution). Plaster copies sold for fifty dollars, while bronze copies cost eighty-five dollars.

11/4/2008